Who we are?

In today’s rapidly evolving global environment, where national security and prosperity increasingly depend on informed and well-connected government leaders and policy makers, promoting the UAE’s interests worldwide is more important than ever before.

To support the mission of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) was launched in 2014 and has become the driving force in the ministry’s efforts to educate, inform and qualify the UAE’s current and future diplomats and government leaders to represent our country on the global stage.

The UAE has achieved substantial success in the global foreign policy arena, winning bids to host high-profile events such as Expo 2020 and the Special Olympic 2019 as well as being selected as the location for the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) headquarters. Due to the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internatinal Cooperation (MoFAIC), the UAE passport is now ranked as the most powerful in the GCC region.

These achievements can be attributed to the passion and leadership of the UAE’s government leadership and policy makers of today. As the Academy continues to grow, we aim to attract top Emirati talent that will help reinforce our country’s global standing and build on its success.

As a centre of excellence, the Academy provides a unique learning experience that comprises a blend of region-specific programmes, thought leadership and access to the finest diplomatic minds. We bring international knowledge, expertise and experience to the UAE to offer first-rate education that prepares our students to deal with the myriad challenges they will encounter in the ever-changing world of foreign policy.

The Academy aspires to become the leading foreign policy, executive training and research centre in the Middle East. Today, our graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to represent the UAE abroad at the highest level, and are ready to assume positions of leadership that support the nation’s foreign policy objectives.

What we offer?

Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) provides students with the knowledge and problem-solving abilities required to carry out their responsibilities as the UAE’s future diplomats and government representatives. 

The Academy’s unique value proposition blends education and executive training with research, and we focus primarily on the relations between the UAE and the world’s nations. Our offerings include: 

  • A nine-month full-time Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations for entry-level employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and other UAE government entities.
  • A Master of Arts (MA) in Diplomacy and International Relations programme. Students who have completed the Post-Graduate Diploma can choose to enrol in this programme. Full-time students can expect to finish the schedule of evening courses in one academic year. Students can also opt to enrol on a part-time basis and take two academic years to complete the programme.
  • Executive courses for mid-career and senior-level UAE diplomats and government officials in coordination with the Training Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC).
  • Research and analysis on issues relevant to the UAE’s foreign policy, produced by AGDA faculty and by leading international experts.
  • Lectures by high-level speakers from the ranks of renowned diplomats, policy makers, faculty and researchers. Speakers address the most pressing global issues in the field of diplomacy and international relations, and provide the students with access to relevant and informed policy advice.

Our three interlinked departments work closely to deliver on our promise:



A globally recognised Emirati centre of excellence, developing world-class diplomats and influencing diplomacy.



Build the capabilities to meet the objectives of the UAE’s foreign policy by providing accredited academic programmes, effective training to the highest standards and further the understanding of diplomacy and international relations through insightful thought leadership and impactful research and analysis.



The values of AGDA support its strategic direction to be a centre of excellence for diplomatic training and thought leadership. AGDA’s values are embodied by the actions and behaviours of its leadership, faculty, researchers, staff and students.

AGDA Values

  • Excellence: We pursue excellence in everything we do and strive to deliver world-class results to the best of our ability, holding ourselves to international and regional standards.
  • Integrity: We adhere to the highest ethical standards, communicate openly and build relationships based on trust, respect and care.
  • Transparency: We conduct our activities with complete and open transparency.
  • Accountability: We are accountable – individually and collectively, in our teams, for our behaviours, actions and results.
  • Collaboration: We seek to build positive regional and international relationships internally and externally, learning from a diverse range of stakeholders from multiple fields and industries.
  • Innovation: We believe in nurturing and supporting creativity to promote the development of new ideas. We believe in continuous improvement and challenging ourselves both in the field of academic, research and education.

The AGDA Model

The AGDA model has been carefully designed to effectively strengthen and reinforce the UAE’s competitive advantage in the international economy and global political arena.

AGDA’s unique value proposition interlinks academic teaching and executive education with research activities that are focused on the specific context of the UAE and the region. We provide our customised services to the Middle East and UAE focused academic community, UAE policy and decision makers and key government clients.